CD Review: Apex Manor — The Year of Magical Drinking; Playing Red Palace, March 21

CD Review: Apex Manor — The Year of Magical Drinking; Playing Red Palace, March 21

Apex Manor
The Year of Magical Drinking
Merge

By Al Kaufman

In 2009, Ross Flournoy’s power-pop Southern California band, The Broken West, parted ways. Flournoy moved to Pasadena and developed a strong case of writer’s block. An NPR Monitor Mix competition, in which he was forced to write and record a song in a weekend, led to “Under the Gun,” which, on The Year of Magical Drinking, is a pop gem that sounds like one of the best things Jeff Tweedy and Wilco never recorded. Great drums, cool guitar riffs, and either about songwriting or chastising a friend or girlfriend for giving up on him when he was down. Or maybe both. Read more about CD Review: Apex Manor — The Year of Magical Drinking; Playing Red Palace, March 21

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